Originally Posted by JackADeli
Maybe.... but, when I read someone has spent five grueling years in general surgery, busting their but to get into one of the most competitive fellowships (i.e. plastics) and they say they really didn't know what the fellowship was about until they started training in it? Or maybe the question i read about medical genetics residency.... I googled it and found plenty of information. But, someone couldn't do that little task and just wanted to be told. How about the college student asking if Family practice is just triage and writes referrals all day? There are numerous other examples.... It just reminds me of that TV commercial in which the elementary school teacher congratulations the mom for the kids paper. It goes something like this, "you should be proud of Johnny. He is the only kid in the class that actually used real and verifiable resources. All the other kids keep citing internet sources and on-line chat rooms....".
Bottom line, there are plenty of cold, boring, factual resources available. I am not opposed to using on-line. But, I find it is not being used as additive. Rather, it is a lazy approach. So many times we can come here and find a question that simply placing a google search will answer. But folks leaning on the on-line even want the google search done by someone else. Forums are more and more a spoon feed central. the problem is that you may be spoon fed wrong information. "Our" education should be better. "Our" patients deserve better.
You're ignoring the thousands of people who read SDN, do some Googling, and then don't bother to make a stupid thread asking an obvious question. Quite a sample bias you have there.